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Unrequited amity? Irish plans for enhanced British-Irish relations not reciprocated

Voting takes place later this week on 'Our Shared Future' Programme for Government - agreed between Ireland's Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party. Mary C Murphy, University College Cork, analyses what this might mean for the Northern Ireland peace process, Brexit and Ireland's relationship with the UK and its devolved nations.
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'Slowly but with a long tail' - an uneasy return to normality

The general emergence from lockdown is in full flow. Richard Parry discusses the contrasts between England, Scotland and Ireland in the way the process is being managed and the evidence assessed.
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'Our Shared Future': Ireland's New Programme for Government

Jonathan Evershed, University College Cork, reflects on all that's happened since the Irish General Election and analyses Our Shared Future, Ireland's new Programme for Government.
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Brexit, the press and the territorial constitution

Greg Davies and Dan Wincott, Cardiff University, examine press coverage across four major court judgements from after the 2016 Brexit referendum and how this shaped the UK's constitutional politics.
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Reasonableness the Welsh Way

Guest blog from Professor Emyr Lewis and Professor Ryszard Piotrowicz, Aberystwyth University, interpreting the lockdown provisions in the Public Health (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020.
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Hong Kong’s National Security Law: weaponizing the constitution, securitizing authoritarianism

Jean-François Dupré discusses recent events in Hong Kong, where the central government has undertaken to impose its National Security Law (NSL). What is the likely impact on the democracy movement and Hong Kong's constitution?
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The UK and the EU - farther apart than ever?

As Brexit negotiations continue, the question still stands, what will the relationship between the UK and EU look like? CCC Director, Michael Keating, discusses the different versions of Brexit held by the UK and EU, and what we might expect from negotiations going forward. 
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Ending of the hybrid House of Commons breached fundamental democratic principles

CCC Director and Co-Director among a group of senior democracy specialists calling on ministers to rethink the ending of the virtual House of Commons as this breached the fundamental democratic principle of equality in decision-making.
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Speaking for the Union: Unionist Discourses and Covid19

Coree Brown Swan and Daniel Cetrà, Fellows at the Centre on Constitutional Change, reflect on how Unionist voices have made the case for state unity during the Covid19 pandemic.